Steve Klink was a longtime eBay enthusiast, buying and selling items as varied as a used car and basement furniture imported from Thailand over the popular Internet auction site.
But his view of eBay changed in 2003 after "the speaker incident," when
a supposedly new speaker arrived looking as if it had been used as a chew toy
for an animal.
When he contacted eBay, "they didnt want to hear anything about it,"
Klink says. They told him the seller claimed it was brand new when sent and an
animal must have gotten into the package.
Not satisfied with the response, he set up a Web site to post his complaint. Almost
immediately, the seller offered to refund the money if Klink would remove the
He did, but he kept the Web site with the provocative name, ebayersthatsuck.com,
to help other victims deal with fraud and misrepresentation on eBay.
Since then, the site has grown into what Klink calls "the largest community
of users dedicated to wiping out auction fraud," and spawned Dawn of the
eBay Deadbeats, a book Klink published with his brother Edward.
The self-published book is a collection of some of the more than 800 tales that
have been posted on the Web site.
As explained in the introduction, these are "stories told by those who have
been suckered, snookered, pinched, and robbed while buying and selling on eBay."
"You might shake your head ruefully and think them to be saps who deserved
to be screwed, but youd be wrong, because some of them are just like you."
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Culture: Pre-2/21/2007 [Tales of Ebay Nightmares]
Tales of Ebay Nightmares: Stories of Fraud on the Popular Internet Auction Site
By Kevin G. Demarrais
Article posted on 3/7/2006
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